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Ah, Crap, I don't know how to do this.<br><br>
My rabbit, Ivy, is having some digestive issues. Her stools are loose sometimes. I took her to the vet and he did a fecal smear and found bacteria and some yeast on her. I'm still waiting on results of the culture he sent out. She's supposed to get an antibiotic and something else twice a day.<br><br>
Catching her to give her meds in the problem. I had a vet who told me that rabbits can VERY easily kick their legs and break their backs. This scared of crap out of me and I've (stupidly) never tried to hold them or catch them unless absolutely necessary. I took Ivy and my other bunny, Lily, to the vet today. Catching them was an ordeal, but not too bad. Catching Ivy to give her the meds tonight was HORRIBLE! I caught her, laid her on her back between my legs as the vet tech showed me and had DH rub her ears. Once I was done she was shaking and her heart was beating very, very fast. She ran into her cage and cowered for another 30 minutes. Then, she'd be fine until I went near her, then the fast heart beating and hiding started <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. Ivy is not a hider. She typically climbs all over me when I sit with her.<br><br>
What can I do to get her the meds? She will take meds with no problem on treats, but she's not allowed any treats or veggies. They're only allowed hay and a little bit of pellets until we get this issue sorted out.
 

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Are these pills? Could your vet get you a pill popper if they are?<br><br>
I'm sorry it's so terrifying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I would definitely call the vet for suggestions. The first time I had to give a cat a pill (before knowing about pill poppers) it was just horrific for both me and the cat. I think the pill wound up in his fur! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I just had to take my most nervous rabbit to the vet. She's on some medication, and he's told me this time to mix it in her water. It does mean I have to keep her apart from the other bunnies so that she takes it, but it seems a fairly simple answer. Of course, that might not be possible with your bunny's medication, but it might be worth asking the vet.<br><br>
In the past, I've given medication by syringe. I pick the bunny up by the scruff of the neck, supporting the back legs, then firmly turn them over so I'm holding them against my chest, cradled like a baby. This is far easier I think than between your legs.<br><br>
If I can't do the medication at the same time as holding, like with my most nervous rabbit, I'd then get another adult to lift the rabbit's lip, put the syringe in the side of the mouth, and push the medication in. My rabbits are pretty well handled, but of course, don't want to take medicine, so it is important that you do the handling confidently, firmly, and without taking time messing around. I wouldnt' bother with having dh rub her ears - I'd just do the job as swiftly and calmly as possible.<br><br>
For actually catching the rabbit, crouch down in your normal way, stroking her, then once she's settled, get a good grasp on the scruff, and pick her up, supporting the back legs. Turn her over, and hold her firmly. Have dh ready with the medicine, so that there is no sense of panic. You should soon get the hang of it.<br><br>
My rabbit's heart rate is fast tonight too, from stress of being sick, then going to the vet, then being given medication - and she's used to being picked up. Make sure you keep everything else normal, so that they can regain their composure between treatments.<br><br>
Good luck, and I hope your bunny feels better soon!
 
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